Mini Habit Changes – Slow and Steady

As you may have picked up from my last post, I have begun to meditate regularly. I actually started it thanks to part of the Sea Change program by Leo Babauta on his Zen Habits blog.

That was June’s habit and has made a HUGE difference in my mental well being.

Food JournalThis month, my single mini habit is to keep a food journal. No other real restrictions, just the habit of conscious eating – if I’m going to eat, I need to write down a few notes about what’s going on – on a scale from 0 to 10, how hungry am I before I eat it? What did I eat? And then, where am I on the 0 to 10 scale now that the food has been eaten? That’s it.

So far so good. Occasionally I’ve had to recap after the fact, but so far I have been a little more cognizant of my surroundings and even starting to see when I’m looking at food for a non-hunger-related reason. The good thing is, for me, that I’m not trying to change anything else right now. I’m not trying to modify my eating behavior. Not this month. This month is about creating a small habit tied to something else that triggers it.

And that’s something I picked up from the Sea Change program (At $10/month it’s been worth it so far…) One of the best ways to create a new habit is to tie it to an existing established habit (something you do automatically now like brush your teeth). Meditation (my habit for June) is now part of my waking up routine. This month, the food journal, is just being tied to eating.

One of the things I also have to stop myself from doing is adding on more and more habits once I’ve been relatively successful with one. I’ve decided to take it super slow instead. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing in a way that lasts.